Alistair McAlpine

Podcasting Articles

Alistair McAlpine

Alistair McAlpine

“I had to pull over to the side of the road to listen because I didn’t want to crash.”

Feedback from a listener that spurred me to write a few posts on podcasting.

Rules and consequences

When it comes to recording sound, there are those who observe rules and those who understand consequences. Early on in my broadcasting career, 30 years as a Recording Engineer and Radio Producer with New Zealand Public Radio,  I chose the latter and I encourage you to do the same.

There are are many opportunities to exercise your creativity on the internet and podcasting is one of the most rewarding. More and more people are listening to audio podcasts while driving, exercising, working and who-knows what else.

Podcasts – radio on demand

These days the middle aged businessman on the train or the young woman runner with headphones on is less likely to be listening to music or the radio and more likely to be soaking up a podcast or two on their favourite subject.

You can either stay within the safe bounds of accepted protocols or push the limits and learn from your mistakes.

Take care out there

Pushing the boundaries when recording with microphones or in post-production may lead to unintended consequences and understanding what these and how to work with them is a learning experience. There’s nothing worse though, than getting back from recording audio and finding the material is going to be difficult to work with, unsuitable for it’s intended purpose, or worse unusable.

So, stay safe when you need to and push the boundaries when you can.


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